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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

Walt Disney playing cards

‘Naipes Donald’, children's miniature Spanish-suited Walt Disney playing cards, Uruguay, c.1990.

URUGUAYAN PLAYING CARDS - NAIPES URUGUAYOS

Children’s miniature Walt Disney playing cards, Uruguay, c.1990

‘Naipes Donald’, children’s miniature Spanish-suited Walt Disney playing cards, c.1990, produced anonymously except for the inscription "©WDP" on the box (Walt Disney Productions). 40 cards, numbered 1 to 10 in each suit, featuring Goofy, Donald Duck, Pinocchio and Mickey Mouse. The cards are printed on thin card and measure 32 x 44 mms.

Children’s miniature Walt Disney playing cards, Uruguay, c.1990
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